Wanhao i3 3D Printer

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I think it's for sending commands direct from the PC, but I've never used it - I just load gcode files straight on to the SD card from Cura (the new version from their site, rather than the bundled one). You can use something like "OctoPrint" via USB on the Raspberry Pi if you're feeling adventurous!
 

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How are you getting on with yours Evan? I've almost finished modding it, the last thing is printing now and then I can do an overhaul to finalise all the levels :).

I bought some PETG filament to withstand higher temperatures, so the printed cooling shroud shouldn't warp (hopefully ;)). That was a pain in the arse to work with, but I've eventually got it not to "string" everywhere (PLA on the other hand prints beautifully).
 

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Busy splitting the stablising parts in to different folders so I can print them as and when I have time. I started printing a cup / mug yesterday which only got half way. Electric tripped during the night. Also I think printing over night is not a good thing. During the day when I am at my desk there is the noise of a fan next to me as well as PC noise and other noises from outside so you don't really notice the printer, but as soon as those other noises are gone the printer is quite loud, loud enough to put ear plugs in to sleep.
 

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I'm still printing more parts for the printer :lol:. I've been printing a "Benchy" boat (often used as a benchmark as to how the printer is doing) each time I add a major mod. So far there have been some really nice improvements, but the stock printer was still doing a damn good job. I'll do a photo lineup once I've finished these last ones.

@EvanDavis, you've probably seen this site already, but it's got some good tips if you've not seen it yet:
http://3dprinterwiki.info/wiki/wanhao-duplicator-i3/. Hope you're enjoying tinkering with it!
 

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Thanks. I had not seen that site yet. Bookmarked now.


Hope you're enjoying tinkering with it!

I haven't done much over the last two days other than get my little tool box out and give the printer a good once over. Couldn't believe how many of the cap screws were loose.
 
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Thanks. I had not seen that site yet. Bookmarked now.




I haven't done much over the last two days other than get my little tool box out and give the printer a good once over. Couldn't believe how many of the cap screws were loose.

:confused::confused::confused:
 

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Ian, can you make copies of the printer itself? Then you can send one to each of us and we can all have fun. :D

There are some printers where you can do that (at least for some structural parts)! This one is made of steel though ;).
 

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There are some printers where you can do that (at least for some structural parts)! This one is made of steel though ;).

I don't mind having the plastic version. :p
 

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How are you getting on with the i3 @EvanDavis? Made anything interesting?

I'm hoping to have the review of this online very soon (maybe next week) - I didn't want to rush it, as there is a lot of learning before I could accurately critique the 3D Printer. I've gone through nearly 2 spools of filament already, so I've done plenty of testing now :D. I've got some benchmark prints from an M200 printer which costs 4x the price and the i3 compares very well indeed (once some mods have been made).
 

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@Ian I really haven't done much. I've printed a few small things from Thingiverse. Still teaching myself Fusion 360, mainly just making different little shapes. I attempted making a case for my phone, but it came out slightly big. I got a 1kg spool with mine and don't even think I am ¼ way through it yet.
 

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I've just been reading a very interesting article about 3D-printers being used to create synthetic bone! It would seem that human trials could begin in about 5 years, but early experiments look very promising.
Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries.

Unlike real bone grafts, the synthetic material - called hyper-elastic bone - is able to regenerate bone without the need for added growth factors, is flexible and strong, and can be easily and rapidly deployed in the operating room.

The team found that when used in spinal injuries in rodents and to mend the skull of a monkey, the hyper-elastic bone, made mostly of a ceramic and polymer, quickly integrated with surrounding tissue and began regenerating bone.
Source: www.reuters.com
 

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That's incredible! I wonder how long before we're able to print organs...
 

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